This month’s Vendor Spotlight features Last Colour Down. I had the pleasure of talking to Deidre about all things weddings and our experiences of being Covid brides ourselves.
Last Colour Down is a contemporary stationery design studio. The last colour down is actually a screen printing term, which refers to the last colour placed on a print, almost like the finishing touch. Deidre brainstormed for a long time, trying to come up with a name for her business. She wanted her company to feel modern and fresh from the moment you heard the name. The term felt aligned with her vision.
I hope you enjoy reading more about Last Colour Down below….
Tell us about Last Colour Down?
Last Colour Down is a contemporary luxury wedding and event stationery studio based in Dublin. I work with couples who wish to craft a visual story that truly represents them. I love creating unique experiences for their guests, from the very first moment they receive a save the date, right through to the thank you card after the event. Your celebration is unique, and I believe your wedding stationery should be too.
What led you to stationery design?
I’ve always been obsessed with stationery from a very young age, but I never knew that creating luxury printed items could be a full-time job! I studied Communications at university, specializing in photography, however, after a few years of working as a photographer, I fell out of love with it. I took a few graphic design modules in college and had always dabbled on the side with design, so I made that my full-time job, working in publishing and in design agencies for a few years. While I enjoyed my work, I found that the industry was increasingly moving towards designing for digital. Print design always was (and still is) my first love. I find the physicality of working with paper to be therapeutic, it really makes you slow down and appreciate the process. It took me a long time to realize that this is what truly makes me happy, so it wasn’t until the beginning of 2020 (pre-Covid) that I took the leap and set up Last Colour Down.
What keeps you passionate about weddings?
100% the couples! Seeing their passion and love for each other, and the unique ideas they have for their day really sparks a fire in me. Having a small part to play in the most important day of a couple’s life is so rewarding. That and the reaction people have to see their names side by side in print is just so lovely!
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! From architecture, nature, typography, fashion, editorial design…the list goes on! Finding inspiration outside of the wedding industry is so important to me, in order to keep my work, and what I contribute to the industry, fresh and innovative.
What should couples know before hiring a stationery designer?
Pricing can vary greatly between stationery companies. The quality of paper, the print techniques and the style of design are all so different. I would advise couples to order a sample pack before committing to your stationer. That way you can really see the quality of their work and whether it is what you expected. You wouldn’t order your wedding cake without tasting it first, so why shouldn’t the same be true for stationery?
What sets Last Colour Down apart in your field?
Contemporary minimalist design! Coming from the publishing world into a new industry makes you look at that industry in a very different light, particularly from a design point of view. It gives you a fresh set of eyes! I like to work with traditional methods but incorporate modern non-traditional designs into the stationery. I have an everlasting love for typography, which comes from working as a graphic designer, so I incorporate lots of beautiful typography as much as I can in my work.
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Not leaving enough time to design your stationery! This is particularly true if you are looking to create something custom. I would encourage couples to give their stationery the time that it truly deserves. It is the very first touchpoint your guests will have of your wedding, and very often, the last touchpoint also. Your stationery is one of the only items that will last long after your wedding day, so I believe that spending a little more time on it is worth it for what you gain in the long run.
What’s your best advice for couples planning a wedding?
As someone who has now planned TWO of my own weddings (to the same man, thanks to Covid!), the best advice I could give couples is to do what you want to do. Try not to feel pressured or swayed by anyone else’s vision for your day. Take the time to think deeply about what you both want from your day, and how you want to feel. This is your time, and your wedding day, so do it how you truly want to do it. Also, just buy the Gucci shoes.
Outside of Last Colour Down tell us about yourself?
I LOVE to travel, and that is what I spent a lot of my free time doing, pre Covid. When I’m not designing stationery or travelling to new places, you can find me swimming (I used to be a competitive swimmer, so I love getting in the pool to clear my head), trying out new restaurants, perfecting my coffee cake recipe, listening to podcasts or spending time with my family who live in the beautiful countryside of Meath, where I’m originally from.
Where can we find you? ( Web-site, Instagram, Pinterest )
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